Construction continues on the Connect School garden area. We started over a year ago with the idea of doing a joint project with Rye Elementary. Mrs. Barickman, then a new teacher at Connect, had fundraised and built a wonderful greenhouse, raised outdoor garden beds, a pumpkin patch, and a habitat area in honor of her Daughter Harley.
We plan to connect the two gardens using webcams. We should learn a lot about the differences in climate between Rye Elementary, a small school in a mountain community, and our own Connect School, in the center of downtown Pueblo.
We put in raised garden beds first and a planted butterfly garden. Both are small because our available space is limited.
We had water and electricity extended to the garden area. We bought nice wooden picnic tables, and in August, we cooked a lunch on our barbeque for teachers and staff as a kickoff for the project. We are completing the project with raised herb beds and the small, but very nice greenhouse.
Like Rye Elementary, we now have hydroponic vegetable gardens growing inside our school in our newly purchased plant towers. We can grow vegetables year around.
Our garden project is part of the worldwide Annenberg Journey North project. We study the coming of spring in the northern hemisphere by tracking the blooming of tulips and the migrations of robins and Monarch Butterflies. This year we are growing earthworms and studying their vertical migration pattern.
We have installed a weather station, a new large sundial, and we will learn how to construct butterfly and ladybug houses.
We will end the school year with a lunch of Soup and Salad, mostly grown at school.
Club members and teachers will be invited. Our goal is to learn gardening, connect with schools in Rye and around the world, learn about natural gardening and have fun.